Sims: Experienced drivers disadvantaged with new FE car
Alexander Sims believes the introduction of Formula E’s Gen2 car could benefit the less-experienced drivers on the grid as its predecessor was a more difficult car to adapt to.
The BMW i Andretti driver was in contention for a race seat prior to the German manufacturer’s takeover of the team, but after testing in Valencia a year ago, Sims has had to wait until this season for the chance to make his debut in the championship.
Speaking at the recent Formula E test in Valencia, Sims told eRacing Magazine that he believes it’s the perfect time to be joining the series, and suggested that the new Gen2 car will make it easier for rookie drivers like himself to adapt to the championship.
“I think certainly coming in this year, I would say if there was a year to come in, it’s probably season one or season five that we’re coming into now, because it’s a bit of a fresh start, a reset for many people with new cars and new systems for people to get on top of,” he said.
“It maybe gives the seasoned guys slightly less of an advantage, obviously they know Formula E and the format and will have a far better grasp on that than I do, but I think the systems on the car probably help the driver to gain more confidence this year than with last year’s cars.
“They seemed to be pretty difficult, and just so prone to making the driver look like he’d made a mistake when actually it was just a difficult car.”
Sims has spent the majority of the past few seasons competing in sportscar racing as a BMW factory driver, but the 30-year-old Brit does have prior single-seater experience having stood on the podium in both GP3 and the F3 Euro series.
Despite setting the quickest time in Valencia as his BMW team topped the times on each of the three days, Sims says he’s wary of making any predictions ahead of his Formula E race debut in Riyadh.
“I’m just taking it as it comes. I’m totally aware that I’ve got a lot to learn and I can’t know at the moment what I don’t know, but I’m expecting there to be quite a lot of things that I’m working out as I go along, and I’m sure some of them will catch me out and influence the race results,” Sims said.
“I’m obviously cautiously optimistic that things should go fairly well but at the same time, the grid is full of guys that either have lots of experience and are bloody good racing drivers or other bloody good racing drivers that are rookies as well.
“I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be tough to go out and beat those guys on a regular basis, so I’m going to keep my expectations in check at the moment.”
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